- April 14, 2014

Giveaway: Tickets to Listen to Your Mother Austin 2014


This giveaway is now closed. 

Hey, you! If you’re a mother, or wish you were, or if you have a mother, or had one — basically, if you’re human on this earth, it’s time to get ready, folks: The Listen to Your Mother Show is set to make Austinites laugh, sigh and tear up (or outright bawl) once again this Mother’s Day. Twice this year, in fact: The show’s popularity in previous years led its directors to expand it to two performances in 2014, on Thursday, May 8, and Saturday, May 10. (Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, this year.)

And you could win two tickets to one of the performances! (More on that in a minute.)

LTYM National Director
Ann Imig
Listen to Your Mother has grown exponentially in the few short years since its inception. The creation of stay-at-home-humorist Ann Imig, the first show premiered on Mother’s Day 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Imig’s purpose was to give motherhood a microphone through live readings by local writers — mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts — of their original essays about all aspects of motherhood (or, according to the LTYM national site, “the beauty, the beast and the barely rested” of motherhood).

Wendi Aarons and
Elizabeth McGuire
The next year, the show expanded to four other cities, including Austin. (I had the honor of being a cast member in the 2012 Austin show, its second year in our fair city.) For three years, the Austin show was co-directed by the wonderful Wendi Aarons and Elizabeth McGuire before they handed the reins to this year’s directors, local bloggers and writers Heather King, Kristin Shaw and Leigh Ann Torres (hey, you guys know Leigh Ann from right here on Free Fun in Austin! And I’m proud to know her from when she was one of my fellow cast members in the 2012 LTYM show).

Leigh Ann Torres,
LTYM Austin 2014 Co-director
In 2014, just four years after that first show in Madison, the show has expanded to a national series of locally produced shows in 32 cities across the country. To me, this illustrates the power of the focus and message of Listen to Your Mother, which is just so affirming. I mean, is there anyone more anonymous than a mother? Quite literally, moms live to serve; when we’re doing our job well, we’re doing it in a way that allows our children to shine as we fade into the (messy) background. If we’re lucky, our own mothers committed this same selfless act for us. It’s kind of what it’s all about.

Kristin Shaw, LTYM Austin 2014
And yet, as anonymous as motherhood can feel — as thankless and chaotic and unrelenting and freaking hard as it can be, and dang it, it just does not pay enough — is there anything more profound? My own experience of motherhood so far has taken more twists and turns than I ever could have predicted; it has broken my heart and borne me up on the greatest, deepest love I could never have imagined until I experienced it. However one might feel about motherhood, it is life-changing. That was why I wrote my piece for the 2012 LTYM show; I wanted to add my voice to those others who were finding ways to put this intense, insane experience into words.

Heather King,
LTYM Austin 2014
I loved attending the 2013 show as an audience member. You can really tell it’s a show produced by mothers — they thought of everything, including little packets of tissues for audience members to use when they’re getting a little worked up. (Fair warning: Some of the essays could make you laugh so hard that things come out of your nose, while others might make you ugly-cry.)

Here is something else rad about the show: 10% of LTYM’s ticket proceeds are donated to non-profit charities; here is a list of past years’ causes by city. Here in Austin, St. Louise House and Any Baby Can have benefited from LTYM ticket sales donations. So there you go: Listen to Your Mother is a show with both a heart and a conscience.

So as a Mother’s Day treat this year, buy a couple tickets for yourself and your mama, or your daughter, or your sister, aunt, mother-figure or mom-friend… Or just buy one for yourself, and go sit in solo wonder as this year’s cast takes you on a journey that is sure to be hilarious and poignant, difficult and sublime, heartwarming and heartbreaking, just like motherhood itself.

You can also try your luck in our Free Tickets Giveaway drawing — you could win two tickets to the show! Just fill out the form below to be entered into the drawing; be sure to specify which showing you’d like to attend (Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon). By submitting the form, you are agreeing to the Sweepstakes Official Rules. One winner will be selected using random.org on Monday, April 21, 2014 and notified by email. 

More info on the show, the writers, buying tickets and more:

Thurs. May 8, 2014 at 7 PM
Sat. May 10, 2014 at 3 PM
1900 University Ave.
Austin, TX 78705 [map]
$15 general admission

Hey, that’s me!
in the 2012 LTYM Austin show

Catherine A. Morris is a writer as well as a once-and-future teacher, musician, jogger and triathlete living in southwest Austin, Texas. Yes, most of her former passions and pastimes have given way, at least for now, to her current, main passion and pastime: caring for her two kids, toddler Pearl and baby Zephyr. Pearl and Zeph make Catherine and her husband laugh (and cry) on a daily basis, and give Catherine plenty of good reasons to seek out free, fun activities to keep everyone alive, engaged and happy from one moment to the next.